Walt Disney Magnet School PTA


If you’d like to help make the Disney Magnet School a better place, our PTA accept donations via paypal. All monies received go directly to PTA programs and events.  Last year we provided free field trips to every child in the school, books for every classroom, and produced a monthly Night Out movie event that helped foster the school community.

Thanks so much for your generosity!

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Enrollment Open House- May 1 & May 8

Enrollment Open House- Disney will  be holding two open house tours for parents who applied for admission through the Magnet School lottery.

Open Houses will be held Tuesday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 8, at 9:00 a.m.

Parents considering Disney for the 2018-2019 school year are invited to attend. Elementary school offers will be available April 27, 2018 on the www.go.cps.edu site.

The deadline for accepting offers in the lottery is May 11, 2018.

For additional details, please contact the school directly. 773.534.5840

Mattress Sale Fundraiser on June 9

sertaOn Saturday, June 9, the PTA will be hosting a mattress sale/fundraiser.  From 10 am to 5 pm, the Disney gym will be transformed into a professional mattress showroom, with over 20 mattresses from top brands on display.  Brands will include Serta, Tempur-pedic, Beauty Rest Black, and Simmons Beauty Rest.

Disney families are invited to come in and check the mattresses out, select their favorite.  Those that order will have their mattress custom-built for them and then white glove shipped to them a few days later.  Set up and Mattress removal services are available.

Prices are 30-50% below retail, and in addition, the Disney PTA will receive a substantial donation for every mattress sold. This will not be a high powered sales pitch. If you are looking to replace your mattress this is a great time to get a great deal and help out our school.

The event will go from 10 am-5 pm on Saturday June 9 at one of the gyms in our school.

For more information, consult the flyer below.

Hope to see you at the sale!


Movie Night! Coco on April 20

The PTA is proud to continue our tradition of presenting community movie nights.

On Friday, April 20 at 5:45 PM. The movie will be the 2017 Pixar movie Coco.coco_for_web


Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. PG| 1:49


As always, it’s free to all Disney students, but as always, all children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone and supervised for the entire duration of the show.

Siblings are welcome to attend!
Doors open 5:45 pm.
The movie starts promptly at 6:00 pm.
Popcorn and water and other treats will be sold for $1 each.
Money benefits the PTA.
Seating is on the carpeted floor of the CAC. Bring blankets, pillow pets etc. for your comfort.

Parking is free in the Disney lot, but you must use a parking pass which will be sent home with your student a few days before the event.


We hope to see you and your student at the movies!

Report Card Pickup- This Wednesday!

reportcard_pickupWednesday, April 18  is report card pick up day. Parents should come to school to get their student’s report card and meet with the teacher.  Many teachers have set up signups online.  Hours are from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 2:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The building will be closed from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. for staff lunch.

Many activities will also be going on during the day, including the Book Fair (previously reported), the LSC Elections, a school survey, and Fundraiser Pickup.  Here’s a rundown with the details about those activities.

FUNDRAISER PICKUP:  For anyone who ordered during the Yankee Candle Fundraiser, your order will be available for pickup during Report Card Pickup.  Go to the CAC dining room (where the BookFair is) and there will be a table with your order.  Please don’t forget to pick up your order.

My Parent, My Voice Survey – Parents will have an opportunity to complete a paper or on-line survey at school during report card pick up. There will be a staffed computer lab on each floor, so you can easily complete the on-line survey. If you prefer, you can pick up a paper copy in the office to complete. The survey deadline is Friday, May 11.

LSC Elections in the CAC.  While you are here for report card pick up, please make your way to the CAC to vote for parent representatives to your Local School Council. All Disney parents are entitled to vote.  Be prepared to show 2 forms of ID, one of which must establish that your child attends Walt Disney School. A report card can be used for this. There will be an LSC meeting Friday, April 20, at 7:30 a.m., to certify the election results.

In addition, local community members without children in the school are also eligible to vote for LSC members.  Voting for those people will also be in the CAC.  Hours are 6 am-7pm.


There will be a reduced Disney Wear sale going on during report card pickup. Sales benefit the school.

Mentorship/Southside PTA Meeting This Saturday!

disney_chicagoOn Saturday, April 14th, from 10AM-12:00PM, older Disney students will meet at the Ratner Athletic Center (5530 S Ellis Ave) at the University of Chicago for the Walt Disney/University of Chicago mentorship meeting.

During this mentorship session (from 10:15AM-12:00PM), we will have a parent meeting (sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association-PTA) in the Berwanger room, which is the conference room in the Ratner Facility.

Parents are welcome to attend so we can get your ideas on how to make Disney a better school for your children.  You do not have to have a mentorship student to participate in the meeting.

Refreshments will be served during the meeting.

Please fill out this form to confirm your participation.



No School Tomorrow!- 3 Free Museums

keep_almTomorrow, Friday April 13, there will be no school citywide as part of the School Improvement Day Program.

What are you going to do with your day off?  Catch a movie?  Read a book?  Go to the zoo?  Play outside? All of the above?  Please let us know!

And in case you are looking for something to do, here are three museums that are free all year round in Chicago, and might be worth checking out.


nuestras_historias_homepage_graphic_0National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th Street Chicago, IL 60608

Their permanent exhibit about Mexican heritage and art is fascinating.


haring280Chicago Cultural Center
111 N. State Street, Lower Level, Chicago, IL

Right now they have a really interesting Keith Haring exhibit, based on a residency he did in Chicago with CPS Students in 1989.



National Veterans Art Museum
4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue 2nd floor Chicago, IL 60641

Inspired by Tim O’Brien’s book The Things They Carried, this exhibit serves as a visual companion that illustrates the narrative with fine art and photography from veterans that lived the stories in the novel. Much like the book, the exhibit explores the concept of storytelling and questions how one might share the story of the Vietnam experience.

The Spring Book Fair is On!

book-fair-1.jpgThe Spring Book Fair starts today and runs through April 20.  Over the next days, your student will be scheduled to come to the book fair with his or her class.   A revised schedule is below.


Please make sure to send money with your children if they plan on buying books at the fair.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Prices listed on the flyers don’t include sales tax.  Please send enough money to cover sales tax.   That is approximately 10% in Chicago  (It’s actually 10.25%) 

So if you think your kid is going to spend $20 on books, you need to send them in with $22.10  (and they should get .05 cents back in change!)

If you have a child on the first floor, please send money in a plastic bag or an envelope.  It is best to label the bag or envelope with your child’s name and dollar amount.
Parents and staff are welcome to shop at the fair while the fair is open.  Please note that hours vary depending on the day.  We will also be open on report card pick up day which is Wednesday, April 18th.
We need volunteers each day of the fair.  Parents are needed on the floor to help younger students find books.  If you are interested, please send us a message here.